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Library bags – for the love of literacy

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L to R: VIEW president Margaret, Pocket School students  Bethany and Riley and principal Virginia Pavlovich. Photo Eve Jeffery
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Eve Jeffery

A charming new initiative has been launched by the ladies of the Brunswick Valley VIEW Club and local public schools.

The VIEW ladies have been busily sewing book bags in the hope of encouraging engagement between young readers and what their school libraries have to offer.

‘The aim of the program is to inspire students to increase their literacy levels and to take care of the books in transit from school to home’, says seamstress and library bag co-ordinator Marion Galvin.

‘Every bag is unique in design with many businesses and individuals donating fabric and trimmings.’

The group of dedicated VIEW members has to date donated 340 bags to The Pocket, Upper Main Arm and Mullumbimby public schools.

The program is set to expand as an ongoing project around the Byron Shire.

Anyone interested in finding out about VIEW’s interesting and fun activities or to help with the book bags, call Rae on 0427 103 072 or Jenny on 6680 1800.

Luncheon meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month.


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